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ahead on "cnn sunday morning" which starts right now. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to this very special edition of cnn "sunday morn." it is january 20th, i'm randi kaye. another glorious shot of the sun rising over the capitol building. >> i'm john berman live on the national mall in washington as we gear up for the 57th presidential inauguration, which is today. today is the official swearing in of president barack obama for a second term as mandated by the constitution. that will happen around 11:55 this morning. >> in a little over an hour from now, vice president joe biden will take his oath of office. we'll, of course, take you there live. all day long cnn will bring you the ceremonies, the concerts, the celebrations and, of course, break down the political and historical context of this very special day. but, first, this morning we want to bring you up to speed on this hostage situation in algeria. this morning, the crisis at a natural gas plant is aapparently over and state department says at least one american man is dead, but we still have so many questions about this,
're watching cnn's special coverage of president barack obama's inaugural weekend. the crowd is out here. it's getting cooler. today it was warm. it was in the 50s. but it's getting cool at night. but that's not stopping the crowd from turning out. and we didn't think they would come out, because we thought it would be cold and they wouldn't be as enthused. but boy, they are. we're going to get to all of that in just a moment here on the national mall. but first, we want to get you up to speed on the news that's making headlines today here on cnn. and to breaking news, as a matter of fact. and the latest on the unfolding crisis in algeria. the hostage situation at a desert gas field appears to be over now. we're hearing reports from the algerian government that at least 23 foreign hostages and dozens of their captors have been killed. it's still not clear how many americans may have been held at the facility. >> with regard to the numbers of americans, we are still trying to get accurate information about just exactly how many americans were located there, and exactly what happened to them.
a speeding bullet. cnn. >> hey, get your hands off of her gary. >> is my wife going to see this? >> new york. >> very funny stuff. remember you can what is going on here in the situation roop on twitter, you can tweet me. the news continues next. on cnn >> hi everyone, you are in the cnn newsroom, let's get you up to speed on the top stories. leaders in ohio are speaking out, launching a website promising to keep the community updated and provide transparency in very public rape case. the football players are charged with sexualing assaulting a 16-year-old girl. the attack took at several parties. the website makes it clear that it's not designed to be a forum on how the court should rule in the matter. >>> and colorado, scene of the deadly movie theater massacre is facing a new tragedy tonight. a barricaded gunman and others are dead the suspect opened fire on officers. >> a swat team was called out. they set up hostage negotiators trying get the suspect to come outside. we made multiple attempts. had phone conversations with the suspect is throughout the morning. >> officers shot and kille
back here next weekend. let us know what you think of the show. cnn.com/sanjay. also follow me on twitter at dr.sanjaygupta. your top stories are up next in the cnn "newsroom." >>> hello, everybody, thank you so much for joining us, i'm don lemon in the cnn "newsroom." fr france's military is carrying out operations in africa. more than 100 people have been killed by french air strikes in northern mal i. france came to the aid of government in its fight. mean time in somalia, two french soldiers were killed in an attempt to free a french intelligence agent who may also have died in the raid. >>> syrian activists say government air forces are back in action, and pounding the outskirts of damascus. a week of bad weather grounded most planes. the rebels are claiming victory in the fight for an air base in the north. fighters say they seized weapons and ammunition after the battle. activists say 108 people were killed today in the civil war. >>> internet trail blazer aaron schwartz has passed away. a relative says schwartz committed suicide. he was only 26 years old. schwartz was i
very much for joining us. >> these are the top stories we're following right now in the cnn news room. we've learned that president obama will nominate chuck hagel to be defense secretary. that will happen tomorrow. the former senator from nebraska is a vietnam war hero, he served on capitol hill for a decade. but his confirmation process won't be smooth sailing. hagel angered some lawmakers for supports talks with hamas. and supporting sanctions on iran. >> this is an controversial pick, he's an an ta tag nistic figure when it comes to iran. >> he would face tough questions about his opposition to the successful 2007 troop surge in iraq. >>> it's been two days since his plane vanished and the fate of vittorio missoni is still unknown. his priest plane left venezuela on friday, but never made it to caracas. so far, search crews have not spotted any signs of a crash. the missoni fashion house is known for its line of high-end knit wear. now to syria where president bashar al assad made a rare speech and was in rare form today as he blasted the opposition and defiantly resisted internat
. brooke baldwin continues with cnn newsroom. >>> tonight, cnn holds a town hall on guns in america. you are about to get a preview of the questions everyone is asking. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. >> please make the right decision on behalf of newtown. >> a doctor who tried to save lives after the sandy hook massacre joins parents to beg for change. plus, cash, prostitutes and a raid. a powerful senator facing serious accusations involving sex. and live during this hour, beyonce and the saga over her lip synching. her super bowl news conference. >> here we go with thursday. i'm brooke baldwin. a manhunt in texas after a person dedicated to fighting crime becomes the victim of a shooting. the prosecutor was fatally shot outside this courthouse here. this is kaufman, texas. to give you the lay of the land, this is about 30 miles southeast of dallas. the search is on right now for two gunmen. cnn is tracking the developments here on this one and let's start from scratch with me. what do we know? >> the kaufman county sheriff's office told us the assistant district attorney was gunn
>>> is 5 p.m. on the east coast, 2 p.m. out west. welcome to the cnn newsroom, i'm martin savidge in for frederiri whitfie whitfield. if you are just tuning in, thank you, we are glad to sigh. here are the stories making news now. >>> a show of defiance today from syrian president, bashar al assad. in front of his supporters, the syrian leader gave his first public speech since june and effectively thumbed his nose at the international community, insisting his vision of syria's future will lead the country out of crisis. al assad also refused to work with the opposition, calling them "enemies of god who will go to hell." al assad has lost all legitimacy and he has to step down, the state department says. >>> search is on right now for famed fashion director vittorio missoni. he, his wife and four others were on a plane that disappeared off the coast of venezuela this weekend. he helps lead a fashion empire worth millions of dollars. >>> as you drone attack killed 17 suspected militants in pakistan's tribal region today that strike near the afghan border injured three, according to
. sources tell cnn that president obama will announce that chuck hagel is his nominee for secretary of defense. hagel has his share of critics, even within his own party. we'll have more on his expected nomination a few moments away. >> president obama signed into law today a $9.7 billion sandy relief package. the first legislative action. some were outraged after house speaker boehner canceled a vote on a much larger aid bill. sandy devastated parts of the northeast two months ago. lawmakers will consider a $51 billion aid package on january 15th. >> half of the residents of long beach, new york, remain homeless and still came out to say good-bye to a landmark. thousands witnessed the start of the demolition of the two-mile long brdwalk, damaged beyond repair by sandy. it will cost an estimated $25 million. the new bored walk should be ready in time for summer. >>> five men accused of brutally gang raping and killing a woman in india will appear in court. the five are charged with murder, rape and kidnapping the 23-year-old woman last month. they will appear in a fast-track court d
tremendously. >> thank you. and captain kelly, mr. lapierre testified that universal -- >> you're watching cnn's live coverage of the senate judiciary hearing on gun violence. so far a day with divergent viewpoints. congresswoman gabby giffords who was shot in the head over two years ago in an arizona parking lot briefly testified as did her husband, former space shuttle commander mark kelly talking about how there needs to be gun restrictions. kelly talking about how he is a gun owner. he and gabrielle giffords are both gun owners and believe in the second amendment and right to bear arms but there needs to be a conversation about gun violence. he talked about the need for better background checks in this country and eliminating restrictions on data. i want to bring in our chief congressional correspondent dana bash who is in the hearing room. one of the things we heard about a few minutes ago was about going after straw purchasers. could you explain to our viewers what exactly are straw purchasers and this is an area of legislation where there might be some accomplishment? >> reporter: if yo
the nation's capital this weekend. cnn you can be sure is covering it all. parades, concerts, and religious services all of it leading up to the big main event, president obama's inauguration ceremony coming up on monday highlights of that event, the swearing in, of course, and the inaugural speech. white house correspondent brianna keilar joins me to talk more about this. first of all, let's talk about the speech. i understand that the president's still working on it. so what are the themes? what's the focus? >> he is still working on it. he'll be doing tweaks till the last minute. right now he's doing some major tweaks and he's been writing this during the day in the oval office but also at night after sasha and malia go to bed as well as his wife goes to bed. he has time alone in the residence to work on it. some of the major themes and we just learned this from dan lothian who covers the white house. this is sort of the fact that the president is confronting the reality of a divided washington that he'll be acknowledging that there are some divisions but he'll talk about how there's res
watching on our blog @cnn.com/yourmoney. i'll tweet it out, as well. thank you for joining the conversation this week on "your money." we're here every saturday at 1 p.m. eastern and sunday at 3:00 p.m. eastern. tweet me, high handle is @alivelshi and have a great is @alivelshi and have a great weekend. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> it is 4 p.m. in the east 1 p.m. on the west coast, i'm martin savage in for fredricka whitfield. thank you very much for joining us it is great to be with you. these are the top stories we are following now in the cnn newsroom. >>> cnn has learned that president obama has nominated chuck hagel to be defense secretary to the former senator from nebraska is a vietnam war hero and served on capitol hill more than a decade but his confirmation process won't be smooth sailing. athena jones is at the white house. and athena, hageling anered some lawmakers, especially because of the positions he has taken on middle east issues. what has he done that could cause challenges, say, for him here? were vernely has proven to be a controversial figure, even though'
what else can he possibly say? thank you so much for joining me today. i'm carol costello. >>> "cnn newsroom" continues now with ashleigh banfield. >> oh, carol, he can say so much more. i'm dying to see it. thank you, miss costello. hi, everybody. i'm ashleigh banfield. he didn't tell all, but he sure told plenty, didn't he? finally coming clean about doping, but never believing he was actually cheating, not at the time anyway. and now, well, if you caught part one of lance armstrong's full baring session with oprah winfrey, you know this is not the lance who cruised to seven tour de france bicycle victories and rolled over anyone who crossed him. this lance is saying yes, after more than a decade of saying no. >> yes or no, did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> yes or no, was one of those banned substances epo? >> yes. >> did you ever blood dope or use blood transfusions to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> did you ever use any other banned substances like testosterone, courtisone or humn growth hormone? >> yeah. >> yes or n
in the cnn newsroom. >>> we begin with a heartbreaking tragedy in braz really. 330 people died in an early morning fire in a crowded nightclub in santa maria. college students were celebrating the end of their college break before heading back to classes on monday. fire officials say the blaze was over cap pays the when the blaze broke out at 2:00 in the morning go to cnn's rafael romo who has the latest. how did this fire start? >> reporter: there was a concert about 2:00 this morning and part of the concert involved pyrotechnics. and what firefighters are saying is part of the flames reached the foam insulation on the ceiling and that's how the fire might have started. not being conclusive about this at this point. the problem was that the foam created a lot of smoke. it was very dense. it was very thick. as you can see into these images, off lot of people frantically trying to escape an emergency situation. what happened firefighters are also saying, miguel is that the place did not have enough emergency exits. >> oy. those firefighters going through there the rescuers looking for the d
the nra president had to say today on cnn's "state of the union" with candy crowley. and that will be coming up. >>> tomorrow marks one month since the school massacre in newtown, connecticut a town hall has been scheduled for tomorrow and resident he is today are meeting to discuss what to do with the sandy hook elementary school which now stands vacant. cnn national correspondent, susan candiotti is in newtown. susan is there any consensus among the people who are speaking about what to do? >> reporter: oh, marty, i think at this stage, people would be surprised if there would be a consensus. i mean, it's so early and so fresh in everyone's mind. after all, 27 people were killed during that terrible mass shooting, including -- including several children ages 6 and 7. and at this meeting, we heard a range of opinions about what should happen. this lasted an hour and a half. i was struck by the number of sandy hook parents who were here. one of them said this was such a horrible thing that happened that they should just tear down the school and instead put a memorial
. cnn.com/sanjay or follow me on twitter at dr.sanjaygupta. "newsroom" starts now. >>> i'm deborah ferric in for don lemon. you are in the cnn "newsroom" with us. leaders in steubenville, ohio are speaking out today, vowing to keep the community updated on a rape case that has consumed the small ohio town. and allegations of a cover-up. the city has launched a website to provide transparency and offer a time line of evidence. two 16-year-old members of the town's high school football team are charged with sexually assaulting an underage girl at a series of back-to-back school parties. protesters rallied today in support of the alleged victim. also to protest the town's handling of the case. a live report that is coming up for us. >>> well, there's new outrage in india over a brutal gang rape and murder case. even as five suspects are set to appear before a fasttrack court in new dehli on monday, police are denying some alarming accusations from the victim's male friend who was savagely beaten in the attack. he gave a television interview about what happened to him and his companion
, cnn, new york. >> cnn "newsroom" continues now with martin savidge, who is in for fredricka whitfield. i will hand it off. >> thank you very much. nice to see you. >>> let's get started. it is the top of the hour. welcome to the "cnn newsroom." i'm martin savidge in for fredricka whitfield. here are the top stories at this hour. new details about that disturbing rape case in a small town of subenville, ohio. last hour city leaders talked about their investigation. >> early in the case during the first week after we were made ware of this incident, we obtained this video. i, too, as all my officers who investigated this, were appalled by these morally inept statements made. the new prosecutors, special prosecutors for the high attorney a.g.'s office, everything was submitted to them. they decide what charges, if any, would be filed. >> the charges to be filed mentiond are against two 16-year-old boys, malik rich monday and trent mays. they're accused of raping an underage girl while she was allegedly drunk or unconscious. that trial is slated to start on february 13th. national corresp
the nomination. there's a vacancy at the cia since general david petraeus stepped down. a source tells cnn a short list includes counter terrorism and homeland security adviser john brennan as well as acting cia director michael mother el, the man wearing the red tie in the video. >>> the attorney for one of the two ohio teenagers charged with rape wants a judge to postpone and move his clients trial. the 16-year-old high school football players are charged with sexually assaulting a girl last summer. the alleged attack took place at several parties over the course of the night. adam told cnn he wants the case moved out of steubenville. >> given its publicity and what we perceive as threats to individuals, perhaps witnesses and also defendants and defense council, we're concerned about safety issues at this point. secondly i'm concerned about whether or not the kid should be tried in this area. perhaps the fact that it is in the steubenville area is it's going to prohibit certain people from wanting to come forward and testify. >> he said his client would file similar motions. last night i
at 3:00 p.m. eastern with brooke baldwin. cnn "newsroom" continues right now with ashleigh banfield. >> carol, thanks very much. we've got big news to bring to you. an actual dramatic turn of events in algeria where americans are among those being held right now. we've got reports that an algerian militant operations currently under way to free the hostages from a remote gas plant located in the eastern part of that country. the algerian state news agency says four hostages have been freed, two british, a french citizen and citizen from kenya. minutes ago the irish governmented aed to that saying one of its nationals have been freed which brings the total to five being freed. we are getting very sketchy reporting out of this area that some of the hostages that were taken may have in fact been killed. militants seen here in this web video seized dozens of hostages yesterday, including the americans, british, japanese, algerians among them as well. news reports in the region say they are demanding an end to the french military operation in mali. that's neighboring mali and also safe p
military-style rifles on cnn's "state of the union" today. >>> gun shows this weekend saw increased traffic. those selling guns are finding more and more customers and some of the buyers are complaining that vendors taking advantage of the situation by raising prices. >>> that arctic blast, it isn't over yet. parts of the midwest and northeast are being slammed with a mixture of freezing rain and snow, icy roads and poor visibility are making travel dangerous. and the cold weather will continue into the workweek with some areas in northeast getting light snow. >>> some scary moments for a group of 50 hikers in arizona. they got trapped in raging waters while trying to cross a river. police rushed to the scene after getting a flood of 911 calls and spent hours trying to locate them. officials say it was a challenge to find them all but eventually, all those hikers were rescued. >>> action could be taken soon on one of the most controversial elms of immigration reform. we will tell you what lawmakers are doing to tackle it. to the best vacation spot on earth. (all) the gulf! it doesn't matter
. these are the top stories we're following right now in the "cnn newsroom." >>> tragic news out of brazil. at least 233 people have died in an early morning fire in a crowded nightclub in the city of santa maria. college students were jammed inside celebrating the end of their summer vacation when the blaze broke out about 2:00 in the morning. let's go to rafael romo with the latest. rafael, how did this fire start? >> there was a concert and part of the concert included using pyrotechnics and apparently part of the initial investigation points to the fact that it might have been started that way. there was insulation, there was foam insulation on the ceiling and that might have been a possibility. now the problem is that the place was grossry clouded. authorities say it was built for about 1,000 people and there were more than 2,000 there. when the fire started with dense smoke and flames, people were frantically trying to get out of the place and that's when the problem became worse, miguel. >> rafael. many of the dead found in the bathrooms there. why was that the case? >> it was impossible for
for john kerry who president obama tapped to replace her. that will do it for me. cnn newsroom continues right now with don lemon. have a great week. >>> hello, everyone. top of the hour. i'm don lemon. thank you so much for joining us. survivors of a nightclub fire in brazil are describing a nightmare scene. bodies all over the ground. firefighters trying to smash down the walls. terrified people being trampled. so many people dead. this nightclub was way overcrowded with dangerous pyrotechnics show going on inside. straight ahead is rafael romo. i want you to give us an updated count of the yash yults. >> this is way too preliminary yet. authorities still going over the scene to try to find out what happened there. some of the scenes we have received here at cnn world headquarters are just very, very sad with family members trying to find out what happened to their family members. this young crowd celebrates for one last chance. remember, that part of the world, it is summer, and so in brazil this is the end of the summer holiday season and that's what these people are doing there. >>
life. >> reporter: elizabeth cohen, cnn, ft. worth, texas. >> thanks for watching, everyone. "cnn newsroom" continues now with martin savidge. you can pick it up from here. >> thanks very much. >> sure. >>> 12:00 p.m. on the east coast, 9:00 a.m. on the west coast. i'm martin savidge in for fredricka whitfield. if you are just tuning in, thank you very much for joining us. these are the top stories we're following right now in the "cnn newsroom." it could be one of the most shocking admissions in sports history. "usa today" is reporting that lance armstrong will admit to doping in an upcoming interview with oprah. we're following that story. >> i said it for seven years. i've said it for longer than seven years. i have never doped. i can say it again. but i've said it for seven years. it doesn't help. >> reporter: help may be something lance armstrong will need a lot of to redeem his reputation after "usa today" reports armstrong will admit to doping throughout his career. the newspaper does not name their source but says it's a person with knowledge of the situation. "usa today"
it would take away from the civil rights fight that was gripping the country. >>> you're in the cnn news room. i'm drew griffin in for don lemon tonight. >>> gun rights activists on one side, people calling for tighter gun control on the other. this is the week the two sides will butt heads again when the vice president and his task force send recommendations to the oval office. the head of the nra says he is ready to fight. >> the likelihood is they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this congress. >> stay right there. more voices from the gun control debate in a minute. >>> first, police in san diego were forced to shoot a man with a gun who ran inside a movie theater. it happened yesterday. police responding to a domestic call chased the armed suspect into a crowded theater. witnesses say moviegoers poured out as police raced inside. an officer shot the suspect, the suspect survived but is in critical condition. >>> a political wound may be reopened in egypt. former president hosni mubarak has won his appeal and is going to get a new trial. an egyptian cour
day long, cnn will bring you the ceremonies, the concerts, the celebrations and, of course, the political and the historical context of the day. first, we want to bring you up to date now on the hostage situation that is happening in alger algeria. the crisis is all over this morning, but so many questions, including how many people are still missing. here's what we do know at this hour. it launched a second assault yesterday that ended the standoff after three days. the interior ministry almost 700 hostages have been freed, as long with foreigners at least 23 hostages are dead, including three british citizens and so are dozens of islamic militants. i'm joined by our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. first of all, are any americans missing and what is washington saying at this point? >> good morning, randi. this violent and unstable situation over, but the u.s. is still trying to determine what happened. now, according to the state department. one american man, one american citizen is dead. six other american hostages were freed and it is believed there are still a sma
to be around for them. i hope you do the same. your top story are up next in the "cnn newsroom." >>> the internet hacking group anonymous at it again, hijacking a federal website and promising to avenge the death of an internet activist by releasing government secrets. hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. you're in the "cnn newsroom." full details in a moment, but first, let's get you up to speed on the day's headlines. first, to egypt where rioting has erupted over a court decision sentencing 21 people to death. at least 30 people were killed in clashes with security forces today. this all happened after the court sentenced 21 people for their role in a postgame soccer riot last year. more than 70 people were killed in that riot. >> a veteran democratic senator says he's going to retire. iowa's tom harkin will not run for re-election in 2014. he has served ten years in the house before his election to the senate in 1984. president barack obama released a statement just minutes ago praising harkin's work on health care and his efforts to help americans with disabilities. >> actor bu
armstrong tells oprah winfrey. >>> cnn newsroom" begins right now. >> sorry, soledad, good morning to you and hello everyone! stories we're watching, i was having an interesting conversation with my executive producer. >>> a ferocious football player bruised and battered by the shocking revelation the dying girlfriend he publicly mourned never existing. >>> cheating, businessmen, sports stars, celebrities even your own kids may be doing it. sure people get caught like tiger woods. >> i was unfaithful. i had affairs. i cheated. >> but will we ever learn our lesson? today we're looking at why we cheat. >>> behaving like a king, that's how senator rand paul described president obama who signed 19 executive actions on gun control. we'll tell you what else paul is saying, plus this. >>> it's going to be like that, huh? ahh, someone wants to play. >> just trying to keep one the old guy, you snow. >> dude, is that your real hair? >> rory and tiger joking on the set but the joke is on you. they weren't even together for this new nike ad. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning, thank you so much
the full interview airing at 4:00 p.m. eastern this sunday on cnn. that is for me. brooke baldwin up next with "cnn newsroom". >>> dramatic developments in that terror attack involving american hostages. you will hear this one man's story on how he escaped and the bomb that was strapped around his neck. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. >>> lance armstrong confesses to doping, deceit and bullying. so what is next for this disgraced cyclist. >>> and notre dame football star player manti te'o, his girlfriend never existed. where did this elaborate lie begin? and who is this alleged mastermind behind such a web of deception. >>> and guess who's coming to washington this weekend? ♪ can't you see the sunshine >> beyonce, james taylor, kelly clarkson. the stars set to rock the capital for the 2013 presidential inauguration. >>> happy friday. you are watching "cnn newsroom." i'm brooke baldwin. we begin with new details on that hostage situation developing in algeria. here is what we know right now. algerian state media reports 650 hostages have been freed. in fact, what you're look
the the right thing and representing the people who elected you. >> reporter: mary snow, cnn, new york. >>> i'm joe johns. thanks for joining us. cnn newsroom continues now with ashlee banfield. >> we went over the fiscal cliff. yep at midnight and then just a couple hours later, the senate came up with a solution. now it's off to the house. the house has to sign off. they will get back to work this afternoon. what's in the deal? well, it starts with the new income tax threshold. those folks agreed to let the taxes go up but only on the family who is make over $450,000 in combined income. the itemized deductions will also be capped at $300,000 for families. and the estate tax, that was a big sticking point for lawmakers, and now the tax rate goes up to 40% for estates that are valued over $5 million. so if you're under $5 million, you skated there too. other key points are an extension of the long-term unemployment benefits. the renewal of tuition and child care tax credits and then something called the doc fix. it reimburses doctors who take medicare patients. and what about the automatic sp
. these are the top stories we are following right now in the cnn newsroom. >>> the gun control debate, it takes center stage on tuesday. that's when vice president biden's expected to present his recommendations to president obama on how to reduce gun violence in this country. a ban on assault weapons likely to be among those proposal. new york senator charles schumer today asked walmart and other retailers to stop selling those guns voluntarily. >> i'm urging our country's major gun retailers like walmart and sports authority, to suspend sales of modern assault-style weapons until congress is able to fully consider and vote on legislation to curb gun violence. >> gun shows are thriving ahead of any possible action in washington. the national rifle asees yation president david keen put the blame squarely on the white house. >> the two people who were selling so-called assault rifles are senator feinstein and president obama, not us. they are the ones that are scaring american gun owners. it isn't the nra. >> tomorrow marks one month since the massacre in newtown, connecticut, and residents are
laundry, and when you're sick, don't prepare food or care for others. >> some great advice there from cnn's lisa silvester. "cnn newsroom" continues with mar gel marquez. you are back. >> i'm back. i've survived so far. thank you so much. >> have a great afternoon. >> have a lovely day. >> thank you. >>> well, it's 12:00 p.m. in the east, 9:00 a.m. on the west coast. i'm miguel marquez in for fredricka whitfield. if you're just tuning in, thank you for joining us. these are the top stories we're following right now in the "cnn newsroom." >>> a secret group has fired a public and embarrassing shot across the bow of the justice department. the group hacked into one of dog's sites belonging to the u.s. sentencing commission. there it posted a threat to release sensitive materials about the justice department if prosecutors don't stop going after hackers. cnn's nick valencia is covering this for us in the "newsroom." a poke in the eye to the justice department. what does the fbi have to say? >> good afternoon. this is a poke in the eye of the justice department and a slap in the face to the u
real test of leadership. dan simon, cnn, san francisco. >>> i'm carol costello. thank you very much for joining me today. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with ashley ban field. >>> thank you very much, carol. hello, nice to have you with us. there is nothing like an election to focus the attention of lawmakers and presidents. just look at how fast immigration reform went back on the front burner after president obama won more than 70% of the hispanic vote in november. as we speak, the president is en route to nevada. a state that he carried by more than six points over mitt romney despite an imploding economy there. any guesses who kept that state blue? the president is pitching a comprehensive immigration rewrite that may sound a lot like the senate plan that was unveiled yesterday. however, it will not sound identical. cnn's brianna keilar joins me from the white house now. so will the president propose something completely different than what the senate has already done, and is there a risk of confusing everyone? >> reporter: no, i don't think he'll propose something entirely
like that word, percolating. we are just hanging out here live on cnn. we were doing an hour-long special but we're having so much fun we decided to hang out a little longer and talk to you because you are one of the nominees for "homeland" and "homeland" is cleaning up. are you going in with four nominations? >> we have done very well, but again, i mean, it's always nice to win but i'm excited to see everybody. >> where is the bill -- bill bambino 1234. >> he's with my parents being adorable. i kind of already miss him but it's good for me to have occasional ventures out into the world without him attached to my boob. >> i don't have any kids, but all of my girlfriends who do have kids say, yeah, there's that immediate just love that you can't even describe. >> yeah, no, it's wild. it's totally deep and great, but, you know, he's just starting to like wake up and come to and really see me and there are little smiles that creep in every so often and it's exciting. >> i'm not trying to rush you but more? are you going to have more? >> i could use a little break. yeah, no, i ne
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interview with lance armstrong. he's supposed to admit to doping. cnn news room continues with drew in for don lemon. have a great weekend. >>> you are in the cnn news room. i'm drew griffin in for john lemon. a political wound may be reopened in egypt. hosni mubarak won his appeal and is going to get a new trial. an egyptian court overturned his life sentence for his role in killing protesters. mubarak supporters cheered in court when the decision came down. mubarak will remain in custody until the new trial begins. the next court date, likely in april. >>> new allegations of gang rapes sparking outrage again in india. seven men gang raped a woman this weekend. the victim, a 29-year-old woman says she was riding a bus home friday when she was attacked. >> they threatened me with a sharp weapon. they kept me confined all through the night and forced me to do what they wanted. >> police are searching for a seventh suspect. a 23-year-old indian woman died from injuries after she was gang raped on a bus. this is belfast in northern ireland, protesters throwing bottles and rocks. police
with it. the first piece of unfinished business is a aid package for the victims of sandy. our cnn's contributor john avalon and margaret hoover are with me. first my question is, is there any reason to think this new batch is going to be any different than the old batch? >> yes, there is. >> i'm so glad. >> this is a historically diverse house of representatives, unprecedented numbers of women, six openly gale members of the house of representatives two females vets who have been in battle, combat vets from the iraq war and afghanistan. just an extraordinary amount of diversity. the problem from a republicans' perspective is all that have diversity is on the democrat ecside. so the house looks different. what you're hearing is a lot of them came to washington this time, because they were told they want a congress that can work together. they were elected among historically low approval ratings in the house of representatives and they know their job is to get something done. there's a new coalition of democrats, maybe 55 of them, 14 blue dogs left so hopefully democrats who aren't
a pyrotechnics show and at least 233 people died when they couldn't get out. stay right there, cnn crew is on the scene, a full report in a minute. >>> a brand new credit card fee kicked in on sunday, stores in 40 states can now charge you a checkout fee worth up to 3% of your total purchase. this stems from a legal settlement that allows stores to pass along processing fees charged by credit card companies, many retailers strongly oppose a credit card fee, you can avoid the phoebe using your dweb it card or paying cash. >>> chuck hagel got the nod today to be the next secretary of defense. stanley mcchrystal and michael hayden both say hagel is a fine choice. hagel earned two purple hearts in the vietnam war, his confirmation hearing is set to begin thursday. >>> japan has launched two surveillance satellites to help keep an eye on north korea. defense officials are threatening to carry out a nuclear test and more long range rocket launches. the u.s. security council expanded sanctions against north korea this week and condemned the country for last month's launch. >>> 233 people kille
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